[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/AlCase28.jpg]No matter which art you study, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Ninjitsu, or whatever, you must be able to perceive the idea behind any attack. I have written about this subject since I began writing in the martial arts magazines over thirty years ago. I find it bizarre that nobody else writes about it.
I originally described this idea by analogizing somebody driving down a street. Drive down that street enough time, and you start to know where the kids are playing, where the lights turn, and so on. In the martial arts, do the forms application enough times, and you know what it means when the opponent lifts his shoulder, turns his foot, and otherwise sets himself up.
I was instructing a class once, and this fellow was watching, and he said, “What if they do a punch instead?” I’d dealt with the ‘what if’ character many times, and I told him to punch me. He half pivoted towards me.
He sunk his weight, and I knew how he was going to turn, the angle of his punch, everything. And, I experienced a cartoon overlay of him punching me–I saw it happen in a separate reality before it happened. And then it didn’t occur.
He gave up and didn’t even try to punch me. Well, of course. I had perceived the thought behind his attack–I had defeated his thought, and that had pulled the plug on any physical manifestation of the idea.
Over the years I come across tales of other people doing this sort of thing. Top among the martial arts tales was the experience of Morihei Ueshiba, who perceived a bullet coming from a gun. He saw the idea before it happened, and so was able to handle that idea.
Why doesn’t this sort of thing happen for everybody? The answer is simple, because everybody is not a die hard fanatic about the martial arts. Or, let me get in your face, you are not a fanatic.
Are you willing to give up school and a good paying career, endure hamburger instead of steak, spend all your time sweating in a dojo with other like minded individuals? Are you willing to spend all your time and money training, reading everything ever written on the martial arts, delving into the quirks and weaknesses of your own individual personality? Are you willing to endure starting over again in art after martial art–Karate Kung Fu, kenpo–then maybe you’ll make it; maybe you’ll actually gain the ability to perceive the thought before the action.
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